Rachel Whiteread

1963 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Rachel Whiteread is an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Rachel Whiteread was born in 1963. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Chris Ofili, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Taylor-Wood), Chantal Joffe, Tacita Dean and David Shrigley.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Rachel Whiteread's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Galleria Lorcan O'Neill and Gagosian | Rome in Italy, and Gagosian | Geneva in Switzerland. Rachel Whiteread's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Stützmappe at BORCHs Butik in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exhibition was open from 25 April 2019 until 04 June 2019. Rachel Whiteread's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Gagosian | Paris in France (15 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) with the name Blanc sur Blanc and Gagosian | Le Bourget in France (10 June 2019 - 26 July 2019) with the name AN EXHIBITION FOR NOTRE-DAME. Rachel Whiteread's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Ragnar Kjartansson and took place at Luhring Augustine | Chelsea in New York, the United States from the 25 January 2019 to 23 February 2019.

Rachel Whiteread in private collections

The following Collections on Artland feature some of Rachel Whiteread's works: cawdor which also includes works by other renowned artists Steve Dilworth, Iidu Tikkanen and Tadek Beutlich; and Alex Smith with works from prominent artists Invader, Gerhard Richter and Banksy.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant degree eclipsed by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, essentially characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread was born in 1963 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain recognition, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Rachel Whiteread

  • Artworks in Collections 5
  • Exhibitions 7

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